To Dwell: to reside; to live in a given condition, as in, “to dwell in happiness”. What a beautiful word; we do not just live in our homes, we dwell there. Come with me to visit my friends in their homes in the new series called “Real Women*Real Spaces”. These are regular women, but by no means ordinary! I want to capture them in the rooms they love, in the homes where they dwell in happiness…and in a style unique to each.

Today we meet Sylvia from northern New Jersey.  She and her husband moved into this 1917 Craftsman style house in 1967 and raised their family here. The couple say, “We love our home — because of the character of the neighborhood, because of the character of the house itself, because of its landscaping, and because of its convenient access to New York City.  Our home has wonderful spaces — a breakfast area with roof windows, bump-outs which bring the inside out and the outside in, a couple of fireplaces, an open porch which overlooks the front garden and street, an enclosed upstairs porch which has great sunsets and overlooks the valley between us and the Ramapos.  And practically every window has a view of our landscape.” Come take a look:

side view

the living room…I love the rock fireplace, the Victorian pieces, the built-ins, the lace.  It so reminds me of my grandmother’s home, that I adored! It really took me back, even the lovely smell was so familiar.
the kitchen:
Sylvia has really kept to the “Craftsman” tradition with the oak furniture and built-ins in this kitchen area…
next, guest rooms upstairs…
the outside…

garage with apartment

Front view

Sylvia with her mother

Thanks Sylvia for the tour (and the delicious lunch)! Your home is so warm and welcoming (as are you) and hearkens back to another day with all your antiques and personal touches.

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